A new feature that we started a couple of weeks ago came in collaboration with SquashLevels, as we brought you the first edition of their Power Ratings following the CIB PSA World Tour Finals in Cairo.
Mohamed ElShorbagy and Nour El Sherbini topped the men’s and women’s Power Ratings, respectively, after the conclusion of the season-ending event at the Mall of Arabia in early October, but what has changed following the first Platinum event of the new season?
The CIB Egyptian Open came to an end on Saturday evening, with Ali Farag and Nour El Sherbini taking the titles, and with it, ensuring that they would both move to World No.1 in the PSA World Rankings come the start of November.
What about the SquashLevels Power Ratings though? Who has made the biggest leaps following the first major tournament of the season? Unsurprisingly, Mostafa Asal is one of the men featuring this week, following his first ever major semi-final, but he is not the biggest mover…
Thanks to his efforts in Giza, Englishman Nathan Lake is the biggest mover on the SquashLevels Power Ratings, jumping up eight places and moving into the top 20 after reaching the third round.
The tournament saw Lake reach the last 16 of a major tournament for the first time in his professional career. Despite sitting at World No.45 in the PSA World Rankings, the Englishman dispatched two higher-ranked players to make the third round.
He got the better of Germany’s Raphael Kandra in straight games in the first round, before fighting back from a game down to beat Mexico’s Arturo Salazar in the last 32. In the process, he got the better of both players for the first time on the PSA World Tour.
Thanks to his performances, Lake saw his level increase by 7.2% from 44,362 to 47,564, and he moves up eight places on the SquashLevels Power Ratings this week, now sitting at #20.
Rising seven places on the SquashLevels Power Ratings following his epic CIB Egyptian Open run is home favourite Mostafa Asal, who surprised every one by reaching the semi-finals of a major tournament for the first time in his fledgling career.
A former World No.1 and two members of the world’s top eight were defeated on the Egyptians run to the last four in Giza, including one of the wildest celebrations in the history of the sport after he got through a 103 minute quarter-final clash in front of the Pyramids.
Asal, who is only 19 years of age, overcame Bernat Jaume in the first round, before the giant-killing began with a straight games victory over Germany’s Simon Rösner. He then got the better of former World No.1 James Willstrop in three as well, before coming up against New Zealand’s Paul Coll.
The pair duelled it out for over 100 minutes with the iconic backdrop of the Pyramids behind them, and it was eventually Asal that came out on top in a fifth game tie-break, which led to this epic celebration.
Have you ever seen a celebration like this on a squash court?— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) October 14, 2020
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He was the only unseeded player in the semi-finals, in what was his first appearance at such a late stage of a Platinum tournament. Thanks to the run, his level improved by over 15%, and he now sits at #12 on the SquashLevels Power Ratings.
Mexico’s Cesar Salazar and England’s George Parker also rose seven spots on the SquashLevels Power Ratings this week, while Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller moved up five places following a close five-game loss to World No.2 Ali Farag.
Ali Farag is the new #1 on the SquashLevels Power Ratings after he lifted the CIB Egyptian Open title in front of the Pyramids at the weekend, his first victory at the iconic location having lost on his previous two visits in the final.
After winning the tournament, Farag takes top spot from Mohamed ElShorbagy, who opted not to feature in Giza due to personal reasons. Farag’s level improved by 5.7%, and he now has a level of over 76,000, nearly 6,000 clear of his nearest rival.
He got the better of compatriot Omar Mosaad, Swiss No.1 Nicolas Mueller and former World No.1 Gregory Gaultier in the early rounds of the tournament, before coming up against the surprise package of Mostafa Asal in the semi-finals.
Farag was able to get past the sport’s newest star in the last four, before then overcoming compatriot, and reigning World Champion, Tarek Momen, in the final to lift the trophy.
The top eight features a lot of changes
Only two men have stayed in the same positions in the top eight of the SquashLevelsPower Ratings, with Marwan ElShorbagy and Diego Elias continuing to occupy the #3 and #4 spots, but there are changes everywhere else you look.
Runner-up Tarek Momen also saw an improvement in his position on the SquashLevelsPower Ratings, as he moved up to #5, rising three spots. Germany’s Simon Rösner also moved into the top eight for the first time, knocking out Frenchman Gregory Gaultier, who slips down three spots to #10.
The next event for the men is the Qatar Classic, which is being held for the first time in two years after the World Championships were held in Doha in place of the regular Platinum tournament in 2019.
Tarek Momen will go to the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex as the most recent winner at the venue, having become the sport’s most recent World Champion in November of last year, while Ali Farag will be the defending champion of the Qatar Classic, after winning the even two years ago, downing Simon Rösner in the final.
You can check out the entire list of Power Ratings, from the professionals to local players, right here at SquashLevels.